How to become a professional photographer?

Photography is one of the most popular hobby’s in the world. Many people dream of turning their hobby into a career. I have always wanted to be a photographer since I was younger, it has taken me many years to become a full-time professional wedding photographer.

So to help you guys out, I have put together a handy infographic, to hopefully speed up your progress in the industry. Please note that this is only meant to be a rough guide, I am not a master photographer or a business guru, but hopefully some of you will find it useful.

I guess the first thing you need to decide is what type of photographer you want to become. There are many different types of photography out there. You do not have to specialise in one area, but I would recommend it, as focusing on one area will speed up your progress in the industry.

Invest in yourself, mastering your craft

Now it is time to invest in yourself, improving your skills and mastering your craft. Learning and mastering the basics is a good starting point, understanding aperture, shutter speed, depth of field and ISO will provide you with a strong foundation to improve upon.

Going to college or university can be a good option for some although this can be quite expensive depending upon where you are based. Another good alternative would be to attend an experienced photographers workshop or purchase a few online training courses from a respected supplier. This can be a great flexible learning solution, allowing you to browse literature in your free time after work or at weekends.

Taking the photo is sometimes only half the battle, you will also need to develop solid skills in post production. I always prefer to get things right in camera, but there are occasions where you will need to enhance an image or remove distracting features, so having good post production skills can be invaluable.

Once you have mastered the basics I would suggest assisting or second shooting to build your confidence to develop your skills further.

The hard reality is that there are not too many full time well paid photography jobs going so you may have to go self-employed. It is tough out there, and can be difficult making a living off the quality of your work and marketing.

It is not all bad news however as there is plenty of money within some photography sectors and many advantages to being self-employed.

Let us know in the comments how you get on. Please so share the infographic if you find it useful.